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Cat Caught Smuggling Mobile Phones Into Russian Prison (PICTURE)

04/06/2013 09:20 BST | Updated 03/08/2013 10:12 BST

A cat has been apprehended sneaking into a Russian prison with mobile phones and chargers taped to its body.

The black and white feline was caught by prison guards climbing a fence at the Penal Colony No 1 in the northern Republic of Komi, the Moscow Times reports.

The contraband was confiscated, though the paper ominously adds: “The fate of the cat is unknown.”

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The cat was caught by prison staff at Penal Colony No 1 in the northern Republic of Komi

"They have foiled various attempts to smuggle banned objects into Prison Colony Number One before, but in the case of the cat, the prison colony is at a loss: nothing like this has happened in the prison's history," the regional prison service told AFP.

Last August a cat was found to have been used to smuggle heroin into a prison in South Russia’s Rostov Region, RIA Novosti reports.

In January a cat was caught attempting to smuggle a mobile phone and a selection of saw and drill bits into a Brazilian prison.

The white feline was spotted slipping through a medium security prison in Arapiraca, northeastern Brazil, with the items taped to its body.

A local newspaper reported that all of the prison's 263 inmates are suspects in the smuggling attempt, though it quoted a prison spokesman as saying: "It will be hard to discover who is responsible since the cat does not speak."

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